With Newcastle hoping to bring in young Dutch International striker Luuk de Jong to Tyneside as the fourth striker, there seems no room for both Leon Best and 21 year-old Nile Ranger any longer.
Nile Ranger – two Championship clubs interested
Nile has blotted his copy book more than once since he arrived from Southampton in the summer of 2008, but he signed a new long term contract in October of 2010, and that may be one reason Newcastle will find it tough to move him out anytime soon.
Leon Best is interesting Glasgow Celtic, but with the troubles that Rangers are currently having, Leon may be thinking twice about joining the SPL.
And if Rangers are not part of the Scottish Premier League next season, what competition will Celtic have, and how good will the SPL be?
The two answers are very little and not very good.
And it’s hardly surprising that players like Fraser Forster and Leon Best, are maybe having second thoughts, and possibly delaying any move north of the border, until the Rangers situation clears up.
There seems two Championship clubs willing to take Nile Ranger, and he could probably be sent on loan for a season, if Newcastle cannot do an outright transfer for the young London striker.
The Daily Star is reporting that two Yorkshire clubs, Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday want him, and of course Nile was on loan at Wednesday for the second half of last season, and scored two goals in 8 appearances for the Owls.
Nile is still getting himself into trouble it seems, and over the weekend Ranger was rushed to the hospital with a 12 inch cut on his arm, after he had said he fell during a night out, and that wound required 21 stitches.
And of course Nile Ranger is currently on bail and facing an upcoming trial for assault on two people and also assault on two police officers (that was a bad idea).
Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones is reported to be trying get the England U19 International back to Hillsborough on a permanent deal, and maybe as little as £1M would get him, but his wages could be the problem.
Xisco while on Tyneside – still getting £50K/week
Nile Ranger may become like Xisco, who earns £50K/week at Newcastle still, and the club for the past three summers have been unable to unload him permanently from the wage bill on Tyneside.
Let’s hope we can move these two strikers out this summer on a permanent basis, but on July 5th we’ll have both of them reporting to Newcastle’s pre-season.
So we’ll see Xisco again, as we do every summer, and no doubt Newcastle will hope that newly promoted Spanish club Deportivo will buy him permanently, but we are not going to hold our breath on that one.
Xisco has been on loan at his former club Deportivo for the last eighteen months or so, and he has played only 9 times for the Magpies with one goal, in his first game at home to Hull City back in September of 2008.
And Hull City are now managed by former Sunderland manager – Geordie Steve Bruce.